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    My favorite things about Hopkinton, Mass

    September 14th, 2009

    Since we’ve joined Hallmark Sotheby’s International
    Realty of Hopkinton, I thought I’d share some of
    my favorite things about our community:

    Hiking around Lake Whitehall, a peaceful place to
    walk or kayak.

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    Hitchins Hardware: Who needs Home Depot? I’m amazed that
    this tiny hardware store nearly always has what I need.

    Hopkinton Gourmet: Owner Dave Philips greets me
    with a smile and remembers my name & favorite sandwich
    every time I walk through the door.

    Baypath Humane Society: The terrific volunteers
    have helped us rescue and find homes for countless
    stray cats and one special dog who found their
    way to our doorstep. www.baypathhumane.org

     

    Scenes of Hopkinton 005I’ve never run the Boston Marathon but I adore Hopkinton’s pretty town common where it kicks off
    every year (though I steer clear of the crowds on  that big day!)

    Favorite neighborhood: I love Charlesview Estates.
    It’s a pretty, established neighborhood with a range
    of home styles and is walking distance to EMC Park, Hopkins School (grades 4&5), Hopkinton Middle School (grades 6-8) and Hopkinton High School
    (grades 9-12), plus tennis courts & an outdoor basketball court.


    Favorite things about Sherborn, Mass

    September 13th, 2009

    Favorite things about my hometown of
    Sherborn, MA:

    Sailing at Farm Pond

    Hiking along Rocky Narrows to a spot that
    overlooks the Charles River (best on a weekday
    when it’s super quiet)

    4- blueberry field

    Going to the “pick your own” blueberry fields
    on Western Avenue

    Enjoying a summertime lunch in the rocking
    chairs outside the Sherborn Inn

    Favorite neighborhoods:

    Russett Hill Road: Beautiful, tree lined
    street and homes with terrific landscaping

    Oldfield/Harrington Ridge: Pretty, established
    neighborhood walking distance to town trails

    Ivy Lane: I love the attractive
    houses, and the fact that you can walk to
    town


    Boston Globe Ranks "Best for your Buck"

    September 9th, 2009

    An interesting article in the Boston Globe this weekend helps house hunters find that Holy Grail: the town where schools are good and homes are affordable. I might quibble a bit with their formula weighing MCAS scores too heavily but it’s an interesting study nonetheless:

    http://www.boston.com/yourtown/somerville/articles/2009/09/05/more_bang_for_your_buck/

    Concord holds their top spot, yet the homes are not what many would call affordable, at an average assessed value of $899,866. Not to discount Concord. It’s one of my favorite towns, and I adore the town center concord downtownand know many parents who rave about the school system, which rates #3 in Boston Magazine’s recent “Best Public High Schools” report at http://www.bostonmagazine.com/boston/public2009. It also boasts beautiful parks, biking trails, Walden Pond, a plethora of historic homes, and easy train access.

    Concord's Minuteman Bridge

    Is it the best for your buck? I guess it depends on what you have for bucks. A lovely community it surely is.

    Happily there are a handful of homes currently for sale in Concord, MA at a reasonable price point. You can view a sampling here:

    http://www.positiverelocation.com/Properties/PropSearchResults.php?&QueryID=4aa7a47900539


    A gem in Wellesley

    September 8th, 2009

    To me, fall is the most beautiful and
    exhilarating time of year here in New England.
    We’re so fortunate to get to enjoy so many
    wonderful parks. My favorite is Elm Bank
    Reservation in Wellesley, which has terrific
    wooded trails that are great for running. I ran
    there along the Charles yesterday. Here’s a
    view of the river.elmbank2


    The Ethicist

    September 5th, 2009

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    One of my favorite things to read every Tuesday is the New York Times Ethicist column by the very wry ethicist (and humorist) Randy Cohen. What does this have to do with real estate, you may ask? Well, not much, except that Mr. Cohen fields an inordinate number of ethical questions about real estate. Regardless of the topic he’s addressing, the column is often either thought provoking or laugh out loud funny.  Here’s one of my favorite recent responses:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/magazine/12wwln-ethicist-t.html